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UNTO the end, a psalm for David. How long, O Lord, wilt thou forget me unto the end? how long dost thou turn away thy face from me?

Ver. 1.  Me?  These expressions are figurative.  God seems displeased: but it is often for our greater good.  Some explain this of David, Ezechias, the captives, &c.  It may be applied to every afflicted soul, which places her whole trust in God.  C.


A prayer in tribulation.

2 How long shall I take counsels in my soul, sorrow in my heart all the day?

Ver. 2.  Day; frequently.  W.


--- Sept. adds, "and night."  C.


--- These cares and perplexities arise from persecutions and from man's weakness.  W.

3 How long shall my enemy be exalted over me?

Ver. 3.  Enemy; Saul, &c. or the devil.  S. Aug.  C.

4 Consider, and hear me, O Lord my God. Enlighten my eyes that I never sleep in death:

Ver. 4.  Death, by mortal sin, (W.) or through excessive sorrow.  Jer. li. 39.  Shew me thy favour, (C.) and I shall be secure.  Sleep is represented as nearly related to death.  Iliad xiv.

                        Tum consanguineus lethi sopor.  Æn. vi.  H.

5 lest at any time my enemy say: I have prevailed against him. They that trouble me will rejoice when I am moved: 6 but I have trusted in thy mercy. My heart shall rejoice in thy salvation: I will sing to the Lord, who giveth me good things: yea I will sing to the name of the Lord the most high.

Ver. 6.  Mercy.  Man must attribute nothing to himself, otherwise he will be moved by pride.  S. Aug.  C.


--- Things; patience and reward.  W.


--- The prophet feels a secret confidence arising in his breast, in consequence of God's protection.


--- Yea, &c. is not in Heb. but it is in the Sept. Arab. and the ancient Fathers.  Heb. "My heart shall be transported in thy salvation; I will praise the Lord, because he has rendered me the like," as I placed  my hopes in him: (C.) or, "he hath rewarded me."  The blessed Virgin adopts the language of this verse, and the prophet probably had the same salvation, Christ, in view.  Berthier.

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